McDonald’s dairy grants available for Arla Foods farmers in UK

Dairy farmers that supply Arla Foods have until the October 31 to apply for grants of up to £10,000 in the second round of McDonald’s capital grant scheme.

The McDonald’s Grant Scheme, which launched in March this year, has paid out more than £156,000 so far to 19 farmers around the UK.

The initiative was set up to support the future of the British dairy industry and fund applications that are focused on raising animal welfare standards, providing economic benefit to the farmers business or making environmental improvements. McDonald’s has committed £500,000 over the course of the year to enable the scheme.

Arla Foods supplies organic milk to the UK supply chain for McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd, and the companies have a long standing partnership that has lasted over 30 years and has seen a number of collaborations when it comes to agriculture initiatives.

One of the 19 Arla farmers benefitting from the grant scheme is Lancashire dairy farmer Ian Pye, who was awarded £5,000 to help improve animal welfare across his herd with a range of new equipment. Derbyshire based farmer, David Dilks has replaced a one km section of worn cow track linking two sections of his land, and in Shropshire, organic dairy farmer Chris Jerman, has used his £10,000 grant to improve the welfare of his cattle with a new cow shed.

Chris Jerman says, “I was determined to invest in my farm’s infrastructure and build a new cow shed, but was struggling to find the funds. I’ve applied for Defra grants before, but the process for McDonald’s was much simpler and I think it’s such a great initiative. I’m proud to be a part of the McDonald’s and Arla supply chain, especially as they are so committed to reinvesting back into British farming.”

The new cow shed has a fully concreted floor that’s easier to clean and an open ridge ventilation system in the roof that circulates more fresh air. In addition, new technology has been installed along the shed to allow for safer handling of individual cattle.

The new cow shed has a fully concreted floor that’s easier to clean and an open ridge ventilation system in the roof that circulates more fresh air. In addition, new technology has been installed along the shed to allow for safer handling of individual cattle.

The new cow shed has a fully concreted floor that’s easier to clean and an open ridge ventilation system in the roof that circulates more fresh air. In addition, new technology has been installed along the shed to allow for safer handling of individual cattle.

Link: https://www.southwestfarmer.co.uk/news/17001781.mcdonalds-dairy-grants-available-for-arla-foods-farmers/

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